Poisoning of feral Rock Pigeons (Columba livia) takes place quite often in housing estates, a means of pest control carried out by town councils in response to complaints from residents about pigeons.

Source: Ryuuko Ookami, on Nature Society Facebook Group

I found these pitiful dead birds near Blk 601 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5.

Source: Singapore Birders Facebook

A friend, Sharon S. Lim, found a number of bodies of Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) and a Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) around 442 Sin Ming Avenue. I suspect someone poisoned them, anyone know what can we do? All have been cleared by NEA contractors.

Source: Sharon S. Lim, via Fang Sher Chyet on Nature Society (Singapore) Facebook Group

It turned out that the Town Council in the area was carrying out culling of Rock Pigeons, and that other bird species also ended up consuming the poisoned bait.

On Halloween night, we have to say that one the scariest things for our officers (and the animals) is to find an animal stuck on glue. Thankfully, Abracadabra, the Feral Pigeon (Columba livia) was released following a couple of cleaning sessions. But Carmen, the Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) rescued today, has gotten very badly stuck to the glue, and we hope that Carmen pulls through this.

Please, please help to spread the word not to use glue boards/traps for any animals

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Facebook

Pearl, a young Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) was rescued with severe injuries to her head, and eyes – possibly from another animal attack. Our hearts sank looking at the injuries and the pain, despite such fights being natural in the wild world. Even though we had hope to treat the injuries, Pearl was already very thin and unfortunately she did not make it through the night.

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Facebook

Feral Pigeon

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Feral Pigeon (Columba livia)
Tiong Bahru, 6th October 2012

This carcass of a Feral Pigeon was seen by Jocelyn Yin.

I decided to feature this species as a commemoration of sorts: On 29th December, The Pigeonhole, one of my favourite cafes, closed due to rising rentals and funding issues. It’s a tragic loss, and it’s not only because I loved to hang out there with friends, or that I became friends with the owners, or that I loved the coffee and ciders.

For close to 2 years, The Pigeonhole wasn’t just a cafe to sit down with a cup of coffee and a book, it was a space for the arts and civil society, where small-scale events and exhibitions were held, where ideas were conceived and incubated.

The development of Monday Morgue itself beyond this blog has close connections with The Pigeonhole; it was during the Tanjong Pagar KTM and Green Corridor Open Mic session held there in June 2011 that I did a public talk about the importance of animal carcasses (with plenty of gruesome photos of animal carcasses I’d found along the railway tracks). The lively reception I received from the small audience helped me gain confidence in sharing about this rather niche (and very morbid) interest.

The Pigeonhole was also where I sat down one afternoon at the beginning of May to set up a Facebook page for Monday Morgue, a few weeks before I gave a talk at the Festival of Biodiversity. And I’ve lost track of all the times I wrote posts, or edited and processed photos, or uploaded old shots to Monday Morgue’s Instagram for #DailyDecay, while drinking toffee apple cider or brown latte there.

For now, The Pigeonhole continues to exist as an online entity, and hopefully, the owners will be able to find a new and affordable place to re-establish a physical space. Until then, this is my way of giving thanks for all the #pigeonholememories.

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Feral Pigeon

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Feral Pigeon (Columba livia)
Hougang, 30th March 2012

This photograph of a dead Feral Pigeon was shared by Kenny Tan.

This was the same bird, several hours later:

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Feral Pigeon

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Feral Pigeon (Columba livia)
Lower Seletar, 24th January 2012

This photograph of a dead Feral Pigeon (also known as the Rock Pigeon) was shared by Gladys Chua @cubismwonder on Twitter and on Instagram.

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